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JUSTIN TIME
JT has been Trolling of late. (5/5a)
ARIANA GEARS UP FOR A GRANDE DEBUT
Pint-sized diva gearing up for 5/20 drop. (5/5a)
GETTING EXCLUSIVE WITH DRAKE
This is what a perfectly executed modern-day setup/release looks like. (5/5a)
ACL SNAGS BIG NAMES FOR YEAR 15
Radiohead, Mumford, LCD, Willie...and the beat goes on. (5/5a)
THE VIEWS FROM STUDIO 8H
Song-and-laffs man Drizzy returns to SNL 5/14. (5/5a)
WHAT GOOD IS AN EXCLUSIVE?
Or: What do streaming customers want?
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS ISSUE
Where Adele, Katy Perry and other stars were first seen.
MUSIC BIZ 2016
Whatever happened to Morty?
OH, GEE
He's cool.
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JUSTIN TIME
JT has been Trolling of late. (5/5a)
ARIANA GEARS UP FOR A GRANDE DEBUT
Pint-sized diva gearing up for 5/20 drop. (5/5a)
GETTING EXCLUSIVE WITH DRAKE
This is what a perfectly executed modern-day setup/release looks like. (5/5a)
ACL SNAGS BIG NAMES FOR YEAR 15
Radiohead, Mumford, LCD, Willie...and the beat goes on. (5/5a)
THE VIEWS FROM STUDIO 8H
Song-and-laffs man Drizzy returns to SNL 5/14. (5/5a)
WHAT GOOD IS AN EXCLUSIVE?
Or: What do streaming customers want?
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS ISSUE
Where Adele, Katy Perry and other stars were first seen.
MUSIC BIZ 2016
Whatever happened to Morty?
OH, GEE
He's cool.
RUMOR MILL
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5/5/16

Word has it, following various reports, that Apple Music is due for a significant overhaul, to be announced at Apple's 6/8 Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple's Robert Kondrk and Trent Reznor are said to be running point on the renovation of the service under Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine and Apple's SVP of Internet Services Eddy Cue. It's believed...


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MikeSmith
5/5/16

Mike Smith will become Managing Director of Warner/Chappell U.K., moving over from Virgin EMI, where he has been President of Music since 2013. Smith, reporting to pubco Chairman/CEO Jon Platt, will make the move in November.


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5/5/16

Look for a new single from RCA heartthrob Justin Timberlake, apparently titled "Can't Stop the Feeling," to drop tomorrow (5/6).


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5/5/16

“Into You,” the second single from Ariana Grande’s 5/20 album Dangerous Woman (Republic), will drop tonight. We know this because she posted the news on Twitter and Instagram Wednesday evening. 


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5/5/16

The Austin City Limits Music Festival will be loaded for bear on the occasion of the fall fest’s 15th anniversary staging, snagging Radiohead in what will be the band’s first ACL appearance, while Willie Nelson will play for the first time in a decade. 


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5/5/16

Drake is returning to Saturday Night Live next Saturday (5/14) for his third appearance on the show and his second turn as both host and musical guest.  


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5/5/16

With Drake’s Views approaching a bow of 1m+ come Friday, it’s interesting to note that this album could be considered the first real benchmark for exclusivity, a release that lacks conflicting factors... 


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Clive Davis The Soundtrack of Our Lives - #001
5/5/16

Chris Perkel’s  documentary on Clive Davis has secured financing and sales agents globally and domestically.


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5/5/16

SoundCloud is now an officially licensed streaming service in the U.K. and Ireland after launching its subscription service overseas, one month after arriving in the U.S. 


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5/5/16

Live Nation is teaming with Hulu to create “a specially curated virtual reality concert performance series from today’s most popular artists” that will be available through the Hulu app.


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5/5/16

Alison Wenham, founder of U.K. indie trade body the Association of Independent Music (AIM), is stepping aside to help launch the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) as a standalone trade association, taking on a global role as Chief Exec. The search for AIM's next CEO has begun.


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5/5/16

At the iHeartCountry Festival, Capitol Nashville star Sam Hunt joins iHeart’s Tom Poleman, John Sykes and Marissa Morris for this festive photo op, shortly before Donald Trump ran in to declare himself the presumptive headliner. 


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5/4/16

Earlier this week, Warner/Chappell ruler Jon Platt added Chairman to his CEO title at the pubco. Platt, who fully took the W/C reins a mere six months ago, is on a quite a run...


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5/4/16

Nick Jarjour of Nick Jarjour MGMT Company has partnered with Guy O’s Maverick Management, via co-founder Gee Roberson, to focus on songwriters and producers. Jarjour is seen here with management client and emerging songwriter/artist Starrah, who’s penned hits for Travi$ Scott, Rihanna and more...


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DRAKE   VIEWS
5/4/16

Drake will handily top both our sales and streaming charts this week as he goes on to break the one-week streaming record... 


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5/4/16

Attention radio peeps: if you have the experience and temperament to kick ass in a Top 10 market, we've got a job opening to alert you to...


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Amanda Berman-Hill and Sean Douglas
5/4/16

To celebrate his inking with Marty Bandier's Sony/ATV, hit songwriter Sean Douglas poses with SVP/Head of West Coast Relations Amanda Berman-Hill. Douglas, who penned biggies for Nick Jonas, Thomas Rhett, Jason Derulo and David Guetta, among other stars, asked Berman-Hill what West Coast Relations meant, and was immediately handed a blunt so strong he started speaking in tongues.


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5/4/16

After topping the U.K. Official Singles Chart for the last three weeks with “One Dance” (Island), Drake is on course for a double whammy on Friday, as Views leads the midweek tally. It's likely to end the week on combined sales of 80k; beating Beyonce's Lemonade (Columbia) by 7k.


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Calvin
5/4/16

Columbia’s Leipsner, Borris, Vaughan, Stevens and team had a blockbuster first day at Pop radio with Calvin Harris f/Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For,” nailing down a stunning 125 adds and undisputed #1 Most Added honors. Harris also earned #2 Most Added honors at Rhythm, surpassed only by labelmate Beyoncé

 


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Kane Brown Signing UMPG
5/4/16

EVP/GM Kent Earls and the Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville team celebrate signing singer/songwriter Kane Brown, whose "Used to Love You Sober" made serious inroads at radio and retail and who is now at work on his debut full-length for RCA/Zone 4. Shortly after this photo was taken, former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz performed a suite of sad songs about co-ed bathrooms. Seen busily counting delegates are...


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Republic Nashville/BMLG's dynamic duo offers a spiritual take on love in this cinematic clip for their breakout ballad, which has flown toward the top at iTunes faster than an angel getting wings. The title is also an acronym for "High on Loving You."
RT @justinbieber: Today and tomorrow. First come first serve. #12mercer https://t.co/cf0PkiUqyT
RT @JonesJourno: There's insight @HITSDD on the traction of Apple Music, Spotify & Tidal in the UK, Drake to end the week with 80k: https://t.co/erPzRS1RqE
RT @AppleMusic: Bigger sound, without bigger heads. @KONGOS are back! #IDontMind from #Egomaniac https://t.co/pGNNFSuCeT https://t.co/fwloupmIP1
RT @JonesJourno: .@lilyallen is running another label, @BankHolsRecords. @TheoMotive and @WarnerBrosMusic are involved. News @HITSDD https://t.co/H2P3aj1Kng
RT @cherrytreerec: https://t.co/sA2rpxED5z @officialsting @lastbandoleros @cherrytreemc @wmnashville @rockwoodmusichall @hitsdd https://t.co/g0CityupKG
RT @PTXofficial: Make sure to tune in to @TeamCoCo tonight to see us perform LIVE at 11/10c on @TBSNetwork. #PTXonCONAN https://t.co/07vDMnPLd4
RT @itsjasonflom: CALLING ALL LAWYERS! I urge you to read my open letter published in @hitsdd yesterday https://t.co/gwqlg9WeBG
.@Beyonce's #Lemonade is offficially #1: https://t.co/XhngGuEpik @ColumbiaRecords #Beyhive https://t.co/INhGreaJSa
RT @EvanT: @HITSDD incredible weekend reading from my fav guys ! https://t.co/qlzlHjhgAs
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